New computer eyewear a glimpse of the future

Oct. 04, 2013 @ 07:52 PM

The Google Glass is at the front of a growing trend of wearable computers, according to David Ardia, an assistant professor of law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.

Ardia, also the school’s co-director of the Center for Media Law and Policy, said he expects widespread adoptions of Internet-connected wearable devices. He said they will bring advantages in ease of accessing information and for uses that haven’t been considered yet.

“There are lots of other uses of a device like that (that) we can’t envision today,” he said.

They also will introduce challenges, such as for privacy and security of users and others, he said.

“Expectations of privacy, even in public places, is going to be challenged,” he said, raising a question of acceptability in places such as in gyms or schools. He also asked about the security of wearable Internet-connected devices that can be hacked.

Wilson White, a spokesman for Google Glass, said that when new technology is introduced, such questions arise. He said Google Glass has built-in indicators so that others know it’s being used.

He also said the user either must give a voice command or press a button to take a photograph or record a video.

“You can do that with your cellphone,” he added.

In regard to the Google Glass in particular, Ardia said that he believes it has a “ways to go” in regard to fashion and aesthetics.

“I think part of the appeal is that the Google Glass has at the moment is it’s so cutting edge to get your hands on one is sort of a status symbol within certain tech communities,” he said.

Regardless of whether the device as “currently demonstrated” catches on, he thinks the technology will do so.

“What I think Google Glass presages is the convenience that can come from a computing device that’s continually connected to the Internet that gives us access to the Internet in real time that can help us interact in the world,” he said.